The Big Tree Loop Trail is a steep hike with several switchbacks; the trail is mostly shaded with Douglas Firs, Big Leaf Maple, Canyon Oak and Tan Oak. This is a good trail for a family that wants to experience nature for a fun day out. The trail crosses Panther Creek and depending on the time of year there is an abundance of wildflowers throughout the hike. The trail is named after the largest Douglas Fir tree in Oregon; the tree is 13ft in diameter.
The Big Tree Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,092 ft (1,552 m), a minimum elevation of 4,084 ft (1,245 m), and an elevation gain of 7,956 ft (2,425 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Big Tree Loop Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|7,417||3.4 mi||4,084 ft||5,092 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|1.6 hrs||8.3||7,956 ft||9,656 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|1.6 hrs||3.2||9,656 ft||7,956 ft|
The length of the Big Tree Loop Trail is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) or 7,417 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail in 1.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Big Tree Loop Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Oregon Caves National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?
Yes, and it's free! The Big Tree Loop Trail is located on the Oregon Caves topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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